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Titchmarsh oin Chelsea FS 2016 Compost Heap?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:30
aym280 says:

pp: I am watching it on iplayer and everything is pixellised. 

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 I watched on HD TV and it was fine.  I've watched GW and Beechgrove on iPlayer and it tends to be poor quality for the first 30 seconds or so but fine after that.  I also downloaded on episode and watched it later.  The quality of that was far poorer than the streamed version - now that doesn't make any sense.

Anyone a member of RHS?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:26

I suspect that where you live will have a major impact on the value for money of membership.  I'm not aware of any RHS gardens in our area (Gloucestershire), and discounts for entry to shows is really minimal against the cost of membership.

It certainly wouldn't be good value for me.

Outdoor container ideas

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:22

Just try and replace the top 2 or 3 inches of compost and plant training plants into that.

Chelsea 2016: Modern Slavery Garden. WTF?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:20

I haven't seen the garden so can't comment on that.  Modern slavery is a very real problem.  When I worked for the DWP (Dept of Work and Pensions) we had a situation where a number of people with learning difficulties had been rescued from imprisonment and effectively forced labour.  Our involvement was in getting them signed up for benefits.  It isn't just a 3rd world thing.

What did seem ridiculous to me though was that the BBC coverage gave more emphasis to the fact that the designer was both female AND from an 'ethnic minority' than to the garden itself.  I really couldn't care less if the garden was designed by a man, woman or the person in the moon (non gender specific reference to keep the PC brigade happy).

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Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:12
Hazel -- says:

So.....why are silly gardens allowed to be built? EG a great concert block full of spy holes to see the garden within. It is a prison. Whynwould I want a prison block garden in my back yard?

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I do sometimes wonder about the mental state of some of the designers.  The one mentioned above and the revolving trees are 2 which immediately come to mind.

Possibly just as worrying was Monty's comment that the prison block was the most uplifting garden he's seen in a long time!!!  Unless he meant he had to stand on tiptoe to see through the holes.  Also, can you imagine the sharpened elbows being used by people trying to get to the spy holes?

 Edited to add. No idea what went wrong with the original post which has incorporated my comments into the quote of a previous post.

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Titchmarsh oin Chelsea FS 2016 Compost Heap?

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 19:55

Mr Gavin delights in upsetting all the stuffed shirts at Chelsea, and this one will probably do the same as his multi coloured balls some years ago.  At least it's different - not that I'd want it as mine.

Gardens to visit

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 19:53

Check the National Garden scheme website NGS.ORG for gardens open in your area.  They come in all shapes and sizes from comparatively small private gardens to massive stately homes.

Marestail along stream

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 19:51

The site which sells Kurtail says you don't need to bruise the stems first.

My concern with any weedkiller adjacent to a watercourse would be over spray.  Waterlife can be extremely sensitive to the chemicals.  I would check with the supplier / manufacturer of any weedkiller before using it on the site shown.

Maple tree not leafing out

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 13:48

A lot of things seem to have been delayed this year.  I have 2 acers in pots, standing side by side.  One has been in full leaf for well over a month, the other only about a week or so.

Titchmarsh oin Chelsea FS 2016 Compost Heap?

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 11:55
David K says:

Ladybird4 says:

There's something about Joe Swift that I cannot really take to. Poor man - he's done nothing wrong. Its just me.

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 What can you expect from the son of a Hyacinth?

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 I wonder how he would react if somebody asked if he was "Sheridan", Hyacinth Bucket's son.

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